The sakura have fallen and frost is gaining ground. Yun, Rachel's best friend has died, and she is at a loss. With his passing, she mourns the fabric of their friendship and the eternal warmth of his family. Heading back to the island for the funeral are some of their oldest and closest friends; Chloe, a repressed perfectionist, and Olivia, golden child, both of whom she will grieve with and seek solace in. Along with their consolations, they bring with them their own issues and anger, dredging up buried fissures in their history. The time of their reunion also becomes a time of questioning, as they measure the choices they have made and wonder at the happy ending they each seek. And finally, lost in the folds of the past, Rachel is haunted by memories and confronted by the need to forge her own future. A Painted Moment is a story of friends, forgiveness and the paths we walk in life.
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Jennifer Ching was brought up and for the most part schooled in Hong Kong. She spent three years in London at fashion school, followed by a year working for a dotcom company, writing to user communities online. Jennifer spends most of her spare time traveling, sharing a drink with friends, or reading. Her favourite writers include David Mitchell, Aaron Sorkin and Agatha Christie. She lives in Hong Kong and works for a large American broadcast network.Review:
A rare first novel
Jennifer Ching's A Painted Moment is that rare first novel which presents an ensemble of characters convincingly and with a delicacy that speaks of even better writing to come. The novel opens to the shattering blow received by Rachel Glass, the young owner of a small-town independent book store, upon hearing of the sudden death of her friend and lover, Yun Ung. Yung's death and pending funeral invokes the necessary and ritual reunion of Rachel and Yun's wider circle of friends since childhood. Once the group reassembles, the old passions and grievances resurface, tempered by a common absence which recasts the forgotten joys and simmering anger only long-standing fellowship knows.
A lesser writer could easily have lost control with the pitch of emotion such a story requires, with too much sentiment casting off plausibility. But Ching's voice is measured and controlled when re-crafting otherwise merely conventional signposts of a life. In A Painted Moment, such conventions attending character -- grief, transformation, rebirth --Stuart Christie
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Book Description Proverse Hong Kong, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M9881890519